Oba Ti De

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Jeffery Ames
Oba Ti De was especially arranged as the centerpiece for the 2011 “Christmas at Belmont” national PBS telecast. This joyful proclamation of Oba Ti De with excitement as it celebrates the arrival of the Christ-child. The opening solo is somewhat like a “call and response” announcing the King’s arrival. Indicative of the musical practices of the African culture, a single voice quickly becomes a chorus of voices whose rhythms and spirits blend into one glorious communal sound. Oba Ti De also incorporates polyrhythm throughout the work to gain both momentum and excitement for the performer and listener. Furthermore, the use of clapping, step-touch movement, moderate swaying, and random ululations will really enhance the celebration.